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Pepe Deluxe Beatitude

Finnish duo Pepe Deluxe has returned with a perplexingly good record. Beatitude starts throwing hooks and surprises right out of the starting blocks: "Just Let Go" is an amiable funk warm-up, then "Salami Fever" tears a hole in the speaker with snarling guitars and a weird processed vocal growl. By mid-album, they're constructing moody beatscapes complete with ethereal female vocals, wacky organ rave-ups, and '60s soul workouts like "Girl!" There's even a backyard party with shout-along Spanish vocals ("Vamos Muchachos") to wrap it up. Pepe Deluxe's energy and disrespect for genre orthodoxy makes this willfully eclectic mess all hang together. "

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